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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

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Stick to Sports, Please

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I have no problem with ESPN taping interviews today with presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain and airing them at halftime of tonight's Monday Night Football telecast--as long as host Chris Berman sticks to sports with his questions.

What we don't need to see is Berman asking the candidates about the economy or health care. There are other media outlets to do that, and other people to ask those questions.

Stick to what you know.

Stick to what you do.

If these interviews are about the candidates' views on performance-enhancing drugs in sports and public funds being used to build stadiums, fine.

If the candidates choose to use their national TV airtime on election eve to wander off into other topics, okay. There's not much that ESPN can do about that.

But if the intention here is to have a Monday night version of "Meet the Press," it's misguided and it will come off as uncomfortable for everyone, including the viewers.

By Mark Maske  |  November 3, 2008; 1:42 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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It is ironic that ESPN has been running those funny (IMHO) bits about how Chris Berman and the rest of his NFL cronies don't know much about anything except football, now he is conducting interviews which could conceivably -- I know it's a stretch -- affect the outcome of an epochal election.

Posted by: Paul | November 3, 2008 4:05 PM

ESPN has gotten way too big for their britches, but the interviews were fairly low key, and had a few sports references. But the original premise of stick to sports is accurate.

Posted by: delOH | November 4, 2008 7:46 AM

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